Perfect Keto Perform Pre-workout

Dr. Anthony Gustin is a board-certified sports chiropractor, functional medicine practitioner, entrepreneur, podcast host, and founder of Perfect Keto.


Most pre-workout powders are not ketogenic. You get a load of not-so-hidden carbs in one gulp of your regular workout drink mix. So many garbage ingredients like sucralose that spike glucose and set you back in your ketone production. Artificial flavors, binding agents, emulsifiers that cause GI distress and inflammation. And most don’t have ketones, which you absolutely need as an energy source while on a ketogenic diet. That’s where this new tool from Perfect Keto comes in, and this guide aims to help you make the most of Perfect Keto Perform Pre-workout: the only keto sports drink!

What is Perfect Keto Perform Pre-workout?

Every scoop of Keto Perform is a powerful mix of amino acids, MCTs, ketones and caffeine scientifically proven to give you a clean energy boost and help muscle growth, designed to fuel and support any type of workout while on the ketogenic diet.

You need your mind and body working in sync. The ingredients of Keto Perform Pre-workout give you everything you need for performance.

BHB for Energy and Mental Acuity
One serving of Keto Perform Pre-workout gives you 7.7g of BHB. Beta-hydroxybutyrate is the first ketone body that kicks the metabolic state of ketosis into action. You get it from good fats like eggs, milk, cream, butter and ghee, and from exogenous ketones.

BHB gets carried around in your blood and enters your cells, turning into acetoacetate (another ketone body), which in turn becomes acetoacetyl-CoA, which cleaves to acetone (another ketone body) and acetyl-CoA.

Acetyl-CoA brings the ketones to the Krebs cycle, so you get adenosine 5’-triphosphate, or ATP, a.k.a the money! The energy coins of your cells. Therefore, BHB = ATP = energy.

Most importantly, energy in the brain, too. BHB has an in with our brains. There’s no blood-brain barrier (BBB). BHB is so good when it comes to mental acuity it’s even proven beneficial to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients.[1]

MCTs: For Fast and Sustained Energy
You get it straight up from MCT oil powder and ketone supplements, and the following fat sources are loaded with MCTs: coconut oil and palm oil, milk, butter or ghee, cheese, and yogurt.

MCTs help with appetite suppression, metabolism, and weight loss.[2] MCTs are also antioxidants, helping with cognitive function [3] and so good at reducing internal inflammation and feeding your cells to keep your heart, brain and nervous system on top form, that they’ve been proven to help epileptic patients. [4]

One scoop of Keto Perform Pre-workout contains 5g MCTs. Medium-chain triglycerides are famous, well-loved easily digestible fatty acids, easy to convert into ketones for energy, making it important in the ketogenic diet.

For your workout, you can’t do better than the instant clean energy that comes from MCTs.


Creatine is for bone and muscle strength, heart and brain protection, performance and lean body mass. Each scoop of Keto Perform Pre-workout has 2g of creatine. Creatine increases your body’s ability to produce energy fast through cellular hydration.[5] BHB aids acetyl groups– creatine works with phosphate groups, storing them into phosphocreatine, which releases energy for cellular function during stress– e.g., weight-lifting, running, high intensity training. [6]

You get creatine naturally from most of the fat and protein sources in the ketogenic diet: meat, eggs, fish. Supplementing your creatine intake has neuroprotective and cardioprotective properties. It’s popular with weight-lifters because of that. [7]

BCAA’s (2:1:1)
BCAA’s are for muscle growth and preservation and fatigue prevention. Speaking of weight lifters, BCAA is also popular in the body building set. Every scoop of Keto Perform Pre-workout has 2g of 2:1:1 BCAA, branched chain amino acids, composed of leucine, isoleucine and valine. Together, they promote muscle protein synthesis and cellular glucose uptake.

The effect is muscle growth and better endurance especially if you’re new to the ketogenic diet and an active lifestyle. [8]

Beta-alanine is added for its muscular and cardiovascular endurance benefits. Beta-alanine is a modification of the amino acid alanine. Every scoop of Keto Perform Pre-workout has 1.5g of beta-alanine, which is proven to buffer acidosis in muscles,[9] and through that, promote muscle endurance and more power output during training. [10]

Together with creatine, beta-alanine has been shown to improve cardiopulmonary fitness [11] and, in another study, showed improvement in athlete women’s performance and lean mass. [12]

Beta-alanine is the carnosine precursor, important in protein metabolism and an acid buffer your cells store and use during diet-induced pH drops, which can occur in ketosis.

Beta-alanine (and carnosine) are found in abundance in beef, pork and poultry. Because of carnosine’s importance in protein metabolism and skeletal-muscular strength, scientists are studying if carnosine should be recommended as a supplement to vegans and vegetarians.

L-citrulline is included to help with endurance and preventive for muscle soreness. L-citrulline is another popular amino acid when it comes to sports and training. Keto Perform Pre-workout has 500mg L-citrulline in every scoop, for reduced muscle soreness, and better endurance for your workouts.

In a study, [13] weight lifters “performed as many reps as possible until fatigue for multiple sets.” Citrulline supplementation “was able to delay fatigue and promote more reps performed per set for all sets except the first two and reduced post-workout muscle soreness.”

Better than arginine
L-citrulline is also a reservoir and precursor of arginine, an amino acid that helps with blood flow and nitric oxide activity in the body (vascular relaxation, anti-inflammation, blood pressure regulation). But arginine is poorly absorbed before it can perform any of the above. L-citrulline, turning into arginine in the kidneys, has a better absorption rate and is proven to increase arginine plasma levels better than arginine. [14]

Green Tea Caffeine
Keto Perform Pre-workout contains 50mg caffeine from green tea. We all know the perk-up effect of caffeine. What’s interesting is how green tea catechins negate the blood pressure and heart rate elevation caused by caffeine. [15]

Green tea’s EGCG (the catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate) is also a potent anti-inflammatory. Many of us also know that green tea and green tea extracts help with weight loss through fat oxidation. [16]

How to Use Perfect Keto Perform

We recommend 1/2 scoop to start and work up to 1 scoop and then decide what is best for you. Some keto-ers use 2 scoops a day. Mix it with water or your current favorite drink. It’s in lemon flavor: play with it in your green juices and keto smoothies.

When to Use Keto Perform

Before your workouts
Keto Perform Keto Pre-workout is a perfect blend of powerful ingredients for ketone energy, and strength and endurance from amino acids. Do more reps, run another mile, continue for another half-hour: Keto Perform enables you to sustain your progress or build on it!

For work and study
Going on night shift? Preparing a report, presentation, or doing an all-nighter for your thesis? Fixing code on a problematic website? Is it tax prep time? Want to finish a home or garden improvement project you’ve been meaning to get done for weeks?

Aside from providing energy and wakefulness, all the ingredients in Keto Perform also contribute to better mental acuity to help you get tasks done, and done well.

And unlike with coffee bingeing, you won’t experience crashes!

Whenever you need energy
Maybe you have toddlers, or you’re babysitting toddlers on a morning. Or you’re going on a hike with friends. Or it’s your wedding day! Keto Perform is your partner-for-every-crime, giving you that boost you need to stay on top form and, well, perform!

How much Keto Perform to use

Mix 1/2 – 1 scoop with 8-10 ounces of water or your favorite low carb beverage, 15-30 minutes before exercise. If you are working out for more than an hour, use 1/2 scoop per hour. As mentioned above, once you’ve gotten into the groove, you can use 2 scoops for the day.

Summary – Keto Perform Keto Pre-workout

Keto Perform is another completely clean product from Perfect Keto. No soy, dairy, gluten, artificial sweeteners, or anything that doesn’t directly improve your health. Only powerful ketones and amino acids each of them highly desirable and scientifically proven to power you through a workout or any grueling parts of your day.

Like other Perfect Keto tools, Keto Perform Pre-workout tastes awesome: in that tangy lemon flavor that tells your brain you just drank something healthy, except it really IS healthy, not fake-healthy like other workout drink mixes!


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[2] Mumme K, Stonehouse W. Effects of medium-chain triglycerides on weight loss and body composition: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015 Feb;115(2):249-63. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2014.10.022.

[3] Cunnane SC, Courchesne-Loyer A, St-Pierre V, Vandenberghe C, Pierotti T, Fortier M, Croteau E, Castellano CA. Can ketones compensate for deteriorating brain glucose uptake during aging? Implications for the risk and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Mar;1367(1):12-20. doi: 10.1111/nyas.12999. Epub 2016 Jan 14.

[4] Liu YM, Wang HS. Medium-chain triglyceride ketogenic diet, an effective treatment for drug-resistant epilepsy and a comparison with other ketogenic diets Biomed J. 2013 Jan-Feb;36(1):9-15. doi: 10.4103/2319-4170.107154.

[5]Oliveira CM, et al. The phase angle and mass body cell as markers of nutritional status in hemodialysis patients. J Ren Nutr. (2010)

[6] Lenz H, et al. Inhibition of cytosolic and mitochondrial creatine kinase by siRNA in HaCaT- and HeLaS3-cells affects cell viability and mitochondrial morphology. Mol Cell Biochem. (2007)

[7] Deminice R, et al. Creatine supplementation reduces increased homocysteine concentration induced by acute exercise in rats. Eur J Appl Physiol. (2011)

[8] Gualano AB, et al. Branched-chain amino acids supplementation enhances exercise capacity and lipid oxidation during endurance exercise after muscle glycogen depletion. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. (2011)

[9] Harris RC, Tallon MJ, Dunnett M, Boobis L, Coakley J, Kim HJ, Fallowfield JL, Hill CA, Sale C, Wise JA, The absorption of orally supplied beta-alanine and its effect on muscle carnosine synthesis in human vastus lateralis DOI: 10.1007/s00726-006-0299-9 2006

[10]Hoffman J1, Ratamess NA, Ross R, Kang J, Magrelli J, Neese K, Faigenbaum AD, Wise JA Beta-alanine and the hormonal response to exercise DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1038678, 2008

[11] Stout JR, Cramer JT, Zoeller RF, Torok D, Costa P, Hoffman JR, Harris RC, O’Kroy J Effects of beta-alanine supplementation on the onset of neuromuscular fatigue and ventilatory threshold in women DOI: 10.1007/s00726-006-0474-z 2007

[12] Walter AA, Smith AE, Kendall KL, Stout JR, Cramer JT. Six weeks of high-intensity interval training with and without beta-alanine supplementation for improving cardiovascular fitness in women, DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181d82f8b 2010

[13] Pérez-Guisado J, Jakeman PM. Citrulline malate enhances athletic anaerobic performance and relieves muscle soreness DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e3181cb28e0 2010

[14] Moinard C1, Nicolis I, Neveux N, Darquy S, Bénazeth S, Cynober L. Dose-ranging effects of citrulline administration on plasma amino acids and hormonal patterns in healthy subjects: the Citrudose pharmacokinetic study DOI: 10.1017/S0007114507841110 2008

[15] Han JY, Kim CS, Lim KH, Kim JH, Kim S, Yun YP, Hong JT, Oh KW Increases in blood pressure and heart rate induced by caffeine are inhibited by (-)-epigallocatechin-3-O-gallate: involvement of catecholamines DOI: 10.1097/FJC.0B013E31822D93CB 2011

[16] Boschmann M, Thielecke F. The effects of epigallocatechin-3-gallate on thermogenesis and fat oxidation in obese men: a pilot study. J Am Coll Nutr. 2007;26(4):389S–395S


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Responses (4)

  1. Given the caloric intake of 1 scoop- is this likely to break my fast? And I have a high caffeine tolerance so is there any plans in the future to increase the caffeine levels per scoop?

  2. hi – my husband and I have just started taking this supp prior to a CF WOD and have noticed within 5 mins of taking it, a slightly burning and tingling feeling on the side of our faces and for me also in my palms. It doesnt last long, just wondered if this is an allergic reaction or something in the product? Is this ok?

  3. Hi Christine, the tingling feeling you may experience is often the effects of beta-alanine, a keto-friendly ingredient we’ve included in the formula. If you’re new to beta-alanine, your body may exhibit this response quite surprisingly. This is a harmless side effect and should last no longer than 60-90 minutes and will decrease with continued supplementation.

    We recommend that you slowly ramp up your regimen from 1/2 scoop and work up to 1 scoop and then decide what is best for you. Mix 1/2 – 1 scoop with 8-10 ounces of water or your favorite low carb beverage, 15-30 minutes before exercise. If you are working out for more than an hour, use 1/2 scoop per hour.

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